Ontario Demerit Points
The police officer nor the courts are obligated to tell you about the points or any of the other hidden penalties for speeding tickets.
- 0 to 15 km/h – no loss of points
- 16 to 29 km/h – 3 points
- 30 to 49 km/h – 4 points
- 50km/h or more – 6 points/30 day suspension
Licence Suspensions Novice Drivers
Probationary drivers called “Novice Drivers” include class G1, G2, M1 and M2 drivers.
Where a novice driver receives a traffic ticket with three (3) points the MTO will send the driver a warning letter detailing the offence and the point accumulation.
Where the driver receives a second ticket the Ministry will suspend the licence for thirty (30) days, and up to six (6) months for any subsequent accumulations.
The cost of insurance from a drivers license suspension for more drivers can increase one hundred (100) percent.
Ontario Class G Licences
Licensed class G drivers may receive a warning letter from the Ministry of Transportation when they receive a conviction.
At nine (9) points the driver will receive a letter demanding that the driver attend at the Ministry’s offices for “Demerit Point Licence Interview“.
The interview is to discuss:
- the driving habits,
- convictions, and
- if drivers licence should be suspended.
Where the driver refuses or does not attend the licence will be suspended until the interview is held.
At fifteen (15) demerit points the Ministry of Transportation will suspend the drivers licence for thirty (30) days.
Read More about Suspensions for Speeding Tickets >
Ontario Regulation 339/94
The points for Ontario drivers are listed in the Ontario Regulations section 339/94 which includes a complete list of traffic tickets with their associated demerits.
Most moving violations including have points associated to them. Drivers accumulate demerits up to the limits assigned to each class of licence.
The points stay on the driving record for two (2) years from the date of conviction, not from the date of the offence.
Upon reaching the limit the Ministry of Transportation will suspend the drivers licence for thirty (30) days for a first violation.
Delaying Speeding Convictions
You can delay and reduce the amount of time demerit points go on the driving record by applying for a court date and fighting the speeding ticket.
Demerit points stay on your licence for two years from the date of the offence. The conviction stays on your licence for one extra year. Demerit points are accumulated, not lost.
If the driver pleads guilty to the speeding ticket shortly after receiving the ticket, the conviction and demerit points will go on the record as of the date of the conviction.
If the driver applies for a court date, convictions and any demerit points are not registered until after the trial.
The time it takes for the ticket to come to court is subtracted from the two years that demerit points are on a driving abstract.
For example, if you receive a ticket in January and the case does not come to trial until October, the demerit points for the speeding ticket would not be applied to the driving record until after the October court date.
The demerit points would only be on the driving abstract for 14 months, instead of 2 years (2 years minus the 10 months it took for the ticket to come to court).
Also, when you fight your speeding ticket, the insurance company would only find out about the speeding ticket after the court date.
So if the driver received the speeding ticket in January, and their insurance renewed in March, but the court date wasn’t until October the conviction could be kept off the driving and insurance record until the following renewal in the next year.
Subsequently, the driver would save any insurance increase for one year.
Always fight your speeding ticket!